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THE SALVATION ARMY SERVICE REFOCUSED

 April 29, 2010

Nebo, KY: The Salvation Army’s Incident Commander for the Dotiki Mine roof collapse response, Major Philip Lance, focuses effort on the often overlooked victims in a disaster—friends, family and community.

“These are my neighbors, my folks, they need to know they are loved and supported.” Lance said. Phil Lance and is wife Joyce, lead The Salvation Army’s work in Madisonville, Kentucky along with surrounding counties.

Using a Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Canteen (mobile kitchen) anchored at the rallying point for the community; Major Lance and his team met the needs of the friends and family who awaited news with compassion. When the news of the two deaths came, it brought with it intense sorrow. Members of The Salvation Army response team set aside their own sense of loss to provide words of comfort and support,. along with the cups of coffee.

The decision to refocus The Salvation Army’s response to this tragedy was made in conjunction with local officials and cooperating service agencies. The “Emotional & Spiritual Care” aspect of disaster response was a natural evolution of The Salvation Army’s overall mission—and one that is often overlooked by fellow Emergency Disaster Service agencies.

As ordained ministers with a long history of working in tragic and disaster situations, Majors Lance bring unique and valuable service to those who are struggling with personal loss and communities working to understand what has happened.

Should the situation change, additional canteens and trained crews are still on stand-by at nearby Salvation Army centers. In this heightened state of readiness, these units will fully stock their supplies, make their travel arrangements, generally prepare for an extended service rotation, and support the efforts already in place with their prayers.

While specific needs are still developing, financial donations are the most efficient and immediate resource to help the effected families and communities. Donations for this relief effort can be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).

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THE SALVATION ARMY SERVES AT SITE OF MINE INCIDENT

 April 29, 2010

Nebo, KY: The Salvation Army is on the scene of the mine roof collapse at the Dotiki Mine. Major Philip Lance, The Salvation Army Officer responsible for its work in and around Madisonville, Kentucky, is leading The Salvation Army’s relief effort. The mobile feeding unit (Canteen)—assigned to Madisonville, Kentucky to allow for quick response in local Emergency Disaster Services—along with a volunteer crew are providing food, snacks, drinks, and emotional & spiritual care.

The Canteen and crew assigned to Bowling Green, Kentucky have also been dispatched to provide increased service capacity and to restock relief supplies.

The Salvation Army’s Canteen assigned to Owensboro, Kentucky is preparing to join the relief effort as the search for the missing miners continues.

Also on stand-by are Canteens and crews from Henderson, Kentucky and Hopkinsville, Kentucky. In this heightened state of readiness, these units will fully stock their supplies, make their travel arrangements, and generally prepare for an extended service rotation.

While the needs are still evolving, financial donations are the most efficient and immediate resource to help the survivors and community. Donations for this relief effort can be made online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).

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